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From "Henri Yandell (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (LANG-505) Rewrite StringEscapeUtils
Date Mon, 08 Jun 2009 09:12:07 GMT


Henri Yandell updated LANG-505:

    Attachment: LANG-505.diff

Attaching CharSequenceEscaper and various other changes to StringEscapeUtils to turn it into
a system whereby the user can pick and choose what 'escapeXyz' means for them.

Still a work in progress. The XML/HTML parts need implementing, and javadoc/cleanup needs
to happen. Mostly attaching to determine if it's a valuable direction or if the future is

> Rewrite StringEscapeUtils
> -------------------------
>                 Key: LANG-505
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Lang
>          Issue Type: Task
>            Reporter: Henri Yandell
>             Fix For: 3.0
>         Attachments: LANG-505.diff
> I think StringEscapeUtils needs a strong rewrite. For each escape method (and unescape)
there tend to be three or four types of escaping happening. So not being able to define which
set of three or four apply is a pain point (and cause of bug reports due to different desired
> We should be offering basic functionality, but also allowing people to say "escape(Escapers.BASIC_XML,
Escapers.LOW_UNICODE, Escapers.HIGH_UNICODE)".
> Also should delete escapeSql; it's a bad one imo. Dangerous in that it will lead people
to not use PreparedStatement and given it only escapes ', it's not much use. Especially as
different dialects escape that in different ways.
> Opening this ticket for discussion. 

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